New Research Shows How BRT Ridership Is Making Bogota a Healthier City
The TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Bogotá, Colombia (pictured above) is one of the leading examples of sustainable transport worldwide. New research shows that ridership is associated with greater levels of physical activity, making the city a healthier place. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
Physical inactivity is one of the ten leading risk factors for death worldwide. Approximately 5.3 million people die prematurely every year due to cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer and diabetes and other illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles. According to The ...
Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee
The city of Milwaukee in the United States is improving energy efficiency in buildings by focusing policies and programs on individual sectors to meet their unique needs. Photo by Anne Helmond/Flickr.
For some building owners, renovations—including retrofitting heating, cooling, and lighting systems—can be a way to attract tenants. For homeowners, improving insulation can make for more comfortable as well as energy efficient homes. For industry, more efficient equipment means expanding production ...
Lima’s Villa El Salvador: A Story of Structured Informal Development
The story Lima’s Villa El Salvador shows how communities and local governments can work together to make sure that informal development occurs in a structured and ordered way. Photo by Alex Proimos/Flickr.
Although Lima’s Villa El Salvador neighborhood was just a dusty plain called the Tablada de Lurín in 1971, it would soon become home to some of the city’s poorest residents. At the time, there were no electricity lines, no wells, ...
Friday Fun: Two Innovators Helping to Improve Recycling in China
As China has developed and urbanized, waste management has become a critical issue for the country. Photo by Nelson Wu/Flickr.
From air pollution to intense traffic congestion, China faces an array of environmental and resource challenges, many of which are a result of its urbanization and development over the past few decades. In Beijing—as across most of the country—concerns over ...
Do You Have the Next Big Idea for Shared Mobility in Indian Cities? Apply Now to the New Mobility Accelerator
Emerging businesses are transforming the shared mobility space in Mumbai and other Indian cities, providing last-mile connectivity and improving efficiency. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr.
Across the world, young and dynamic businesses are leveraging technology to improve last-mile connectivity and deliver more efficient mobility solutions. While access to on-demand services like Uber and Ola has often made commuting in cities more convenient, it is unclear ...
New Data Shows São Paulo’s Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution
On Sundays, São Paulo's Paulista Avenue closes down so that people can bike, walk and play sports. New data shows that the initiative has reduced air and noise pollution. Photo by Fernanda Latorre/Flickr.
Major changes in thinking never happen easily. Projects that change established structures and routines typically encounter significant resistance along the way. Changing entrenched thinking, therefore, often requires finding ways to demonstrate the positive impacts of change. Paulista Aberta is one ...
4 Keys to Unlock Innovative Urban Services for All
To compete in the urban century ahead, cities like Istanbul, Turkey will need to innovate how they deliver and finance sustainable services for all. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr.
With rising air pollution to costly traffic congestion and increasingly burdened public finances, cities need to transition onto a sustainable path towards healthy, productive and equitable urban communities. To thrive in the coming urban century, cities will need to innovate ...
Rod King: Lower Speeds Change How We Use Our Streets—for the Better
A 20mph (30kmh) speed limit is the safest standard for pedestrians and cyclists. Photo by Tom Page/Flickr.
More than 15 million people in the UK live in areas that have already adopted or are currently adopting speed limits. This data comes from the 20′s Plenty for Us, an organization in the UK dedicated to lowering speed limits ...
Todd Litman on the Costs of Congestion, the Drivers of Sprawl and Policies for Smarter Growth
With strong transport demand management (TDM) strategies, cities can move beyond auto-dependency towards sustainable, people-oriented mobility. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.
How can we tackle the challenge of traffic congestion? What is driving urban sprawl? How does public transportation relate to issues of equity? In the following interview, TheCityFix sat down with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria ...
Bogotá’s New Bike Lane: Not Just a Change in Direction, But a Change in Message
Residents bike through the streets of Bogotá, Colombia. Photo by Dario Hidalgo.
As part of Bogotá’s 16th annual car-free day on February 4, 2016 the city reaffirmed its commitment to safe cycling by converting one of the four lanes on Carrera 11—a major road—into a two-way bike lane. The road has included ...